Local and regional bands wishing to be considered for the 2012 Jackson Blues Festival should send their info and a CD to:
3465 Ann Arbor Rd, Ste B
Jackson, MI 49202
The way that the Festival works is a bit different from most others in that we try to raise all of the funding in advance. This way, the bands are assured of getting paid whether we are rained out or whatever and the festival doesn’t go in the hole. Because of this, we are not able to book the bands many, many months in advance and we appologize for this inconvenience.
If your band is interested in performing, please consider the following: We do not want bands that only play Blues music occasionally. We know that there are many bands who are capable of performing a set of decent Blues music when called upon, but we are seeking bands that are dedicated to playing the Blues and only the Blues year-round. Likewise, we are not interested in bands that are trying to redefine the music for a rock n roll audience. Another point is that we prefer that bands not play all the obvious Blues standards such as “Mojo Workin'”, “Sweet Home Chicago” or “Stormy Monday”. Otherwise the audience will be subjected to 10 versions of “The Thrill is Gone” over the course of the weekend. We definitely are looking for bands with an original approach to the music. But if, at any time during the year, your band would even consider playing “Brown-Eyed Girl”, “Long Train Running” or “Free Bird”, please don’t waste your time or ours.
We want to honor real Blues music at our festival. If you ever play anything by Led Zepelin, The Rolling Stones, Grand Funk, ZZ Top or any such bands who dabble in the Blues, please don’t bother. Further, George Gershwin’s “Summertime” is not a Blues song. Neither is “Me and Bobby McGee” or “Roadhouse Blues”. We’re not passing judgement on the quality of your band, we are simply trying to keep the focus on real Blues. The last thing that we wanted to do was assume the role of The Blues Police but the whole event could easily erode into something completely different than a Blues Festival if these lines become blurred. Please accept our apologies for this extended diatribe but it is unbelievable how many times we have had to explain this to bands who simply refuse to accept it. They all seem to think that they are the exception to the rule. This is a Blues festival for Blues fans by Blues musicians. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
The 2012 schedule appears here just to give you an idea of the general time slots that will be available. The festival will take place rain or shine and the details will be posted on this site as they accumulate. Please keep checking. Thanks….Tom and Cindy